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My students often tease me about the way I compare reading to eating and writing to cooking. Some even say I’m a little “kooky” (pun intended). Here's my reasoning: When we read, we “feed” our minds with the “appetizing” work of others, and when we write, we follow certain “recipes,” add “spicy” words and phrases, sprinkle a creative “pinch of this and that,” and -- voila! -- we end up with a “delectable dish” we can proudly “serve” to others. It may sound funny or silly, but I think food is a wonderful metaphor for the magic that results when we skillfully craft a work of writing. And I’m not the first or only writing teacher to think so. The following is an excerpt from Write Source, a writing guide published by Great Source Education Group:
“Writing is like cooking. You have eight basic ingredients, called the parts of speech. Take a cupful of specific nouns and add a tablespoon of colorful adjectives. Then blend in a pint of action verbs, seasoned with adverbs. Finally, mix in the pronouns, interjections, prepositions, and conjunctions, and you’ll be cooking with words!”
And that’s exactly what this website is about:
cookin’ with words.
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Begin by clicking on the following documents
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Let’s start cookin’!
(Reproducible versions of many of the following documents
are available through my TPT store:
1- Starting and Keeping a Writer's Notebook:
2- Help from MR. HOT AND SPICY:
3- Choosing and Using Yummy Words:
MORE DOCUMENTS WILL BE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.
4- Constructing Tasty Sentences
5- The Cookin' (Writing) Process:
6- Composing Appetizing Paragraphs:
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph. Prompt: Describe your family's favorite dish.
7- Building Delectable Essays
Go to the "Resources" page for sites containing graphic organizers, student samples, rubrics, and prompts.
8- Creating Succulent Stories